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Wendy K. Perriman grew up in England. After graduating from the University of Lancaster she completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Bristol University, then taught English, Drama, and Dance at various international high schools in England, Germany, and the United States.

Wendy moved to America in 1994 and is now a duel citizen. She retuned to academia and was awarded a Ph.D. at Drew University in 2003. Here she also won the Michael Ellis prize for the most innovative M.A. thesis, Wendy Perriman - Picture 2 and the Helen Le Page and William Hale Chamberlain Prize for the best-written doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Perriman has published two scholarly books on major literary figures. The first, A Wounded Deer: The Effects of Incest on the Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), concludes that Dickinson’s enigmatic poetry may have originated from a personal exposure to trauma. Her second book, Willa Cather and the Dance: "A Most Satisfying Elegance" ,  (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009), suggests that Cather was among the first intellectuals to train as a leading balletomane, and to utilize dance imagery to enrich and subvert the subtext of her novels.  Chapters from this book appear in Cather Studies 6: History, Memory, and War Wendy Perriman - Picture 3 , edited by Steven Trout (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2006); Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather, edited by Joseph R. Urgo and Merrill Maguire Skaggs (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007); and Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions, edited by John J. Murphy and Merrill Maguire Skaggs (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008).